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Oakland Business Lunch

Hello,

Visiting the Bay Area in September and while my dinner agenda is nicely planned I'm in town principally for a job interview and part of that process is lunch on the day of my arrival.

Looking for recommendations on a good/great place between Oakland Airport and Concord - someplace relatively quiet where we can sit and talk and also someplace that isn't going to be trying to get us in and out as they are trying to prep for dinner service.

Open to all types of food, but probably nothing too esoteric since I don't know my interviewer's palate.

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  1. Plum (Coi spinoff). Lunch menu is relatively conventional. I think this is a lunch menu:

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/menu/1542...

    Oliveto (upstairs), Bocanova, or Pican are probably all good choices for that purpose.

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    Pican Restaurant
    2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

    Oliveto Restaurant
    5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

    Bocanova
    55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

    Plum
    2214 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Any thoughts on Wood Tavern?

      and - if the doc I'm interviewing with is more adventurous, how is the volume/atmosphere at Burma Superstar?

      Thanks.

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      Burma Superstar Restaurant
      309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

      Wood Tavern
      6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

      1. re: uhockey

        Both of those places are loud. Wood Tavern the loudest of the 2. Burma Superstar is loud and in my opinion not all that great when it come as to Burmese food. lots of hype though )-:

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        Burma Superstar Restaurant
        309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

        Wood Tavern
        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        1. re: chefj

          Agree on Burma Superstar.

          Is Wood Tavern loud at lunch? I've only had dinner there. We've had work functions at Bocanova in the past. Good food and roomy enough feeling for a biz lunch I would think.

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          Burma Superstar Restaurant
          309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

          Wood Tavern
          6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          Bocanova
          55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

            1. re: Leely2

              Bocanova looks promising. Thanks.

              Probably will go with that, Plum, or Pican.

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              Pican Restaurant
              2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

              Bocanova
              55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

              1. re: uhockey

                re. Plum: would you really want to sit on a bench -- without a back support -- for a business meeting? especially an interview?

                1. re: escargot3

                  No. I wouldn't. Hence the point of this thread. It was recommended above but your input claerly makes it a less ideal choice.

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                  1. re: uhockey

                    It is also all communal tables, once again not ideal for an interview.

      2. Uncle Dougies

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        Uncle Dougie's
        362 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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        1. re: wolfe

          Uncle Dougie's is way too casual for a business lunch. Plus, there's nothing worse than dribbling tomato sauce from a hero on your suit!

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          Uncle Dougie's
          362 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

        2. Any place that's good is likely to be crowded and a bit noisy. A boring corporate/safe, quiet place is where I'd pick. Spenger's, Scott's Seafood would be just that and you can hold a real conversation.

          Might consider Bocanova, also in Jack London Square like Scott's. Nicer, better food but seems safe for a business. Also easy parking in the underground garage.

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          Scott's Seafood
          855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

          Bocanova
          55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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          1. re: ML8000

            I agree with ML8000 all the way. at Bocanova, you also have the option to sit outside and not be effected by a possibly noisy interior. I think the food is great.

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            Bocanova
            55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

          2. Lake Chalet might work well for an interview setting, and there's enough menu choices for all types of eaters.

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            1. re: Cindy

              Lake Chalet is lovely, but the food is not. Of the choices here, Wood Tavern has the best food, and if you sit in the window it's not that loud at lunchtime (make the window request). Bocanova is fine, but a little hit or miss to me -- every time I go there, I have at least something that I like a lot and something that I don't like at all.

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              Wood Tavern
              6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

              Bocanova
              55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

            2. Reading your actual question, it seems it doesn't have to be in Oakland, but "between Oakland Airport and Concord." Given that, I'd suggest Postino in Lafayette, which I think is perfectly suited to a long business lunch.

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              Postino
              3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                That is a nice looking menu - could work really well, actually.

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